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November 19, 2013

The Best Frosted Banana Bar Recipe

Okay, I know I’m guilty of saying this before, but this recipe is to die for!  Not only are these banana bars delicious on their own, but the frosting, which I could eat by itself that’s how yummy it is, is seriously AMAZING!  It’s better than any frosting I’ve ever tasted.  And that’s including the very expensive birthday cake we purchased for Alivia’s 3rd birthday this past August which was also extremely delicious and, did I mention, from a very renowned bakery?

Yes, it’s another Taste of Home recipe, but this time from an old June/July 2000 copy thanks to my mom.  She raved about these bars while digging it out from her bin full of archived recipes.  Sure enough, it was tagged with a blue post-it note.  When I opened the magazine and saw the image, that was it; I was sold! 

(click here for the printable version)

Frosted Banana Bar Recipe via Cropped Stories

Makes: 3-4 dozen 


Banana Bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine (salted or unsalted), softened
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (8 oz.) of sour cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 medium ripe bananas (about 1 cup), mashed

1 package (8 oz.) of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of butter or margarine (salted or unsalted), softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups of confectioners' sugar

Frosted Banana Bar Recipe via Cropped Stories


Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in bananas. Spread into a greased 15 in. x 10 in. x 1 in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in refrigerator.

That’s it folks!  Let me know if you try the recipe; I’d love to hear how they came out!

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  1. YUM! These look so good. =0)
    Hope you'll join us at Meet & Greet this week.

  2. Not a huge banana fan myself, but Emma loves bananas, so I am truly pinning to make this one for her hopefully soon. Thanks Elena!! :)

  3. Yum! Those look delicous! I love banana recipes! And I bet the sour cream gives them a little something different from just a banana bread recipe.

  4. These look delicious Elena! My son will love you for sharing this. We love banana bread and icing. What a fabulous combination :)!

  5. I made some subpar banana bread today, so I wish I had these instead! Pinned!

  6. Yummy! These look so good! I have been trying to figure out what a good topping for banana muffins would be and cream cheese frosting sounds delicious!

  7. I'll bet my family would love these! They look absolutely delicious!

  8. I found you from janine hundle blog hop. Your Banana Bread looks really delicious. I pinned it!! Stop by www.recipesforourdailybread.com Friday to Sunday and visit my blog hop. I would love to have you!
    Blessings and have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
    Diane Roark

  9. I have the same Taste of Home magazine with this recipe! It's my 22yo son's favorite dessert. We have it for birthdays or just because he's visiting. ;)

  10. Looks delicious! I love all kinds of cakes with bananas, they are so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée, you are going to be featured tomorrow:)
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  11. Hey Elena! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I can't wait to see all of your holiday ideas...These sound delicious! I love banana bread so I know these will be good. This will have to go in my list of recipes to try out! Thanks :)

  12. I've got bananas at home that I could use to make these. Thanks for sharing. Pinned and am featuring at Family Fun Friday.

  13. What a beautiful loafs and wonderful combination of flavors.


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